Heart for Hathersage, Derbyshire

Moments of wit and invention transform an old toilet block to a community space

Heart for Hathersage
Heart for Hathersage Credit: Simon Bull

East Midlands RIBA Regional Award 2019

Architect practice: Studio Gedye and Ares Landscape Architects for Hathersage Parish Council
Contract value: £211,000
GIA: 272m²
Cost per m²: £776

A former run-down toilet block in the village, this valuable new space was realised by rotating a new building through 900 from the footprint of the toilet block to unlock a new outdoor room. There are moments of wit and invention; the folded elliptical zinc roof being an obvious, sculptural moment that provides a needed civic scale. The parish room facing the square was a late and important move, while the WCs on the far side of the community space are set back within precast stone reveals and entered through ledge and brace doors, fixing the building in its rural context. Considered landscaping completes this well-conceived and designed building and public space.

Project Architect of the Year

Client of the Year

  • Heart for Hathersage
    Heart for Hathersage Credit: Simon Bull
  • Heart for Hathersage
    Heart for Hathersage Credit: Simon Bull
  • Heart for Hathersage
    Heart for Hathersage Credit: Simon Bull
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    Heart for Hathersage Credit: Simon Bull
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